This is why Oleksandr Usyk is giving up the heavyweight title

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Boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk. Photo via Instagram (@usykaa)

After becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era, Oleksandr Usyk has officially relinquished his IBF title.

Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois, who are rumored to fight at Wembley Stadium in London on September 21, could battle for the vacant title.

“Anthony and Daniel, listen, I know the IBF title is important to you,” Usyk said. “(Call) it my gift to you on September 21.”

Watch Usyk’s announcement below.

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Usyk still retains the WBA, WBC and WBO heavyweight belts. He won the WBC belt when he defeated Tyson Fury on points a while ago.

The two are scheduled for a rematch in Riyadh, which will take place on December 21.

The Ukrainian became the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 2018 after winning the WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) titles. He was the first cruiserweight boxer to hold all four major world titles simultaneously. After sweeping the division, Usyk moved up to heavyweight in 2019.

Before turning to professional boxing, Usyk had an impressive amateur career, winning the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.

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